Google Docs is great for using in the classroom for both teachers and students. It has huge opportunities for collaboration, ease of use and making connections to others across the world. It is an online version of a similar app - Word, but with the data and app save online in the 'cloud'.
At my school I am introducing and implementing work using Google apps in class. A part of this is unpacking google drive and the apps that go along with it. This is a pdf I created that unpacks a little bit more information on what it looks like, the tools and how you can use it.
Check out this easy to read pdf attached below. It just provides you with quick snippets to show you an insight on how it works. Great for those who are unsure on how complicated it can be or how to use the tools.
Google is amazing! They have so many apps that are perfect for use within education that really enhance learning opportunities within the classroom. Google apps for education can transform learning activities and help students create, collaborate and extend the walls within.
Alongside this Google has a great 'Be Internet Awesome' programme to help students gain the skills to be safe when using the Internet. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.
Be Internet Awesome is broken down into five sections:
1. Be Internet Smart - share with care
2. Be Internet Alert - don't fall for fake
3. Be Internet Strong - secure your secrets
4. Be Internet Kind - its cool to be kind
5. Be Internet Brave - when in doubt, talk it out
These five sections make up the programme to teach students about internet safety. The programme takes you on a tour through each of the different sections where you complete activities and games to learn the skills. Its named Interland.
At the end students can even get a certificate for completing their journey or digital badges! Teachers, there is a curriculum to guide you and your students along the journey with a pledge that can be sent home to continue the conversations at home too.
Check out all the information about it here on Google.
Google Sites has changed since I first came across Google Sites and they are so much more user friendly! The ability to create sites, add your media and share these like any other Google app is awesome!
Today I gave a PLD session with my teachers at school on using Google Sites to help them with their inquiry. Our teachers are do lots of collaborative learning amongst classes with no a lot of ways to document and share their learning. Sure you could use a Google doc or Google Slide dec. But that doesn't give you the same options like Google Sites can.
If you are looking for some information on using Googles Sites or even some example Google Sites check out my PLD slide deck >> bit.ly/mrspriestleyictgooglesitesPLD.
Google Drawings is part of Google for Education apps and one of the easiest yet under used part of Google! Think of it as Google's version of paint, but better! The opportunities for yourself and your students to make is amazing - annotating on visuals and photos, creating illustrations or posters, digital activities and other creation!
These PD slides were created for a teacher PD I ran at my school. But of course, being the sharing type I am sharing these with you all! These slides show you some examples, links to these and activities you can do to learn all about Google Drawings! >> Google Drawing PD Slides
Feel free to contact me with any questions around Google Drawings or go to Google for Education online to see all that is out there! Happy drawing!
This weeks Google feature is focusing on the amazingness that is Google Classroom!
Very similar to Hapara, yet has its own differences which are specific to Google Apps. Currently, teachers at my school are using Hapara to share and distribute their google docs, with some openly commenting on how difficult it can be to navigate. In my own time, I have been completing my own sort of inquiry into the benefits on using Google Classroom and how using this is 100 times better than Hapara. Of course, everyone is different and has what works for them.
But I strongly believe in the amazingness of Google and Google Classroom!
What is Google Classroom?
Basically a google drive management, allowing teachers to share and assign assessments, questions, links, videos to students in their google 'classroom'. Students use their google sign ins to log into this classroom and view/work on their work. I teach in 11 classrooms in total. Monitoring who has done which activity is HECTIC. So integrating Google Classroom into my teaching has helped me keep track of who has done what and who needs more time.
Once you have navigated yourself around the stream, it is so easy to use! I teach 5-7 year olds and they are successfully able to log in, find their activity, complete it and hand it in.
If you would like to see how you can up skill yourself, see my post sharing my PLD Slides on Using Google in the classroom or click on the link here to view my slides.
Linking in to my previous post about Google Classroom, it has so many perks for you as a teacher.
I recently ran a PLD session at my school for teachers interested in using Google Classroom, and of course I want to share the link for you too! Click on the link here to view my slides and see how you too, can incorporate Google into your classroom easily!
Any questions about Google Classroom there is a huge support on Twitter and help online! Or of course, just ask me!
Google Drawings is an amazing tool part of the Google Apps for Eduction. There are so many ways you can use Google Drawings in your classroom for both teachers and students. Have a look at this Tech Tip which shows you the benefits and some examples of how you can use Google Drawings!
We had buddy time on Friday and decided to do something a little different. We usually do basic fact testing, spelling words and reading, then move to the bike track.
Mrs Lees (their teacher) and I thought lets do something new, and works on the skills they learnt in Term 1 with me in CRT time. We adapted a collaborative Google slide template from the book 'Google Apps for Littles' by Christine Pinto and Alice Keeler, pushed it out through Google classroom and found enough devices for each buddy to have one.
I modelled how they can do it with the teacher example we created on the TV and then let them go. It was amazing watching them work together and having some of my students use devices they wouldn't usually.
Click on the picture to go to our teacher example!
Here are some of the children working on them in class, and some of the work they completed! They look amazing, and were shared with their families on Seesaw once they had finished!
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